Off-site Construction Research Centre

UNB OCRC innovator: Unlocking the future of construction with Ramtin Azami

Author: OCRC

Posted on Aug 11, 2023

Category: Student spotlight

In this blog, we have Ramtin sharing his journey at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and how it has shaped his perspective on construction engineering. If you're passionate about off-site construction and eager to explore the endless opportunities it offers, you're in the right place. Join us as we delve into the world of off-site construction and discover how it can revolutionize the industry. Get ready to unlock insights, opportunities, and valuable advice for both aspiring and experienced professionals in the construction industry.

From ambition to action: The UNB experience

Ramtin's decision to pursue a master’s degree in construction engineering and management at UNB was fueled by his desire to enhance his knowledge and skills in construction engineering. This comprehensive program provided him with a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of construction, including project management, cost estimation, scheduling and risk management. Through UNB, Ramtin gained the necessary expertise to excel in the construction industry and achieve his career goals.

Unveiling innovative research: An automated mobile crane selection system

Ramtin's research topic, "An Automated Mobile Crane Selection System for Heavy Industrial Projects," is a groundbreaking endeavour in the field of off-site construction. By automating the process of selecting mobile cranes, this research aims to improve efficiency, safety and productivity in heavy industrial projects. It holds the potential to revolutionize how construction projects are executed, ultimately addressing industry challenges such as labour shortage, construction waste and environmental sustainability.

Pioneering off-site construction: Opportunities and barriers

Off-site construction offers a myriad of opportunities for the construction industry. Ramtin highlights four key advantages: increased efficiency and productivity, improved quality control, greater sustainability and cost savings. However, he also acknowledges the barriers that need to be addressed, such as the lack of awareness and education among industry professionals, resistance to change, upfront costs and logistical challenges. By understanding and overcoming these barriers, the construction industry can fully embrace the potential of off-site construction.

The graduate student journey: Trials, triumphs and highlights

Ramtin shares his personal experience as a graduate student, offering valuable insights into the challenges he faced at the beginning and how he overcame them. He highlights the importance of hard work, perseverance, and the support of his supervisor in laying the foundation of his thesis and discovering his research path. The highlights of his academic journey include engaging group projects, hands-on experience with construction management software and tools, and participation in extracurricular activities related to the field. Ramtin found courses in project management, construction methods and materials, and cost estimating particularly informative and enjoyable, preparing him for a successful career in construction.

Empowering career preparation with the OCRC advantage

The Off-Site Construction Research Centre (OCRC) played a vital role in Ramtin's career preparation. Through the OCRC, he connected with industrial partners, expanded his knowledge and secured his dream job. The center's support and resources enabled him to bridge the gap between academia and industry, equipping him with the practical skills and connections necessary for a successful career in construction.

Words of wisdom for new grads

Ramtin provides valuable advice for new graduate students, emphasizing the importance of expanding knowledge in relevant tools and technologies to enhance job prospects. He also highlights the significance of networking with professionals in the industry and developing strong soft skills. These insights will help new graduate students navigate their academic journey and lay a solid foundation for their future careers.

Ramtin's journey at UNB and his research in off-site construction showcase the immense potential of this innovative approach. Whether you are a seasoned professional or an aspiring construction enthusiast, the world of off-site construction holds limitless possibilities. So, join us in embracing this transformative journey and shaping the future of construction.